Parliamentary Question: DoP: Shortage of police officers and staff

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QUESTION NO 17
17. Mr M H Mokgobi (ANC-Limpopo) to ask the Minister of Police:
(1) Whether he has been informed of the shortage of police officers and other support staff at the (a) Witpoort and (b) Villa Nora police stations in Limpopo; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) what mechanisms are being put in place to address this problem and (ii) how long will it take to be addressed;

(2) whether he will visit such police stations to assess the situation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY:

I have been informed that, following the visit of the National Council of Provinces to these two police stations, the SAPS management in Limpopo have implemented measures to address the problem.
(1)Witpoort – Two posts of police officials were advertised during September 2010. The two members are now undergoing police training course at Tswane police academy. In the interim, 11 students have been sent to Witpoort to do their field training and will assist to beef-up the current police strength until July 2011 when they have completed their field training. No support personnel have been recruited as yet, however they will receive attention in the 2011/12 financial year.
(2)Villa Nora – Three additional personnel have been appointed to improve service delivery at this police station. Three posts of police officials were advertised at Villa Nora. These posts will be filled during July 2011.

It is envisaged that all posts listed above will be permanently filled within the next six months.

With regard to a visit by myself to the stations in questions, I wish to point out that during the course of my work I regularly undertake visits to police stations around the country. In addition the Civilian Secretariat for Police has recently embarked on visits to police stations to assess service delivery issues and will report back to myself on the outcome of these visits. Given the number of police stations in the country it is important that we try to visit as many stations as possible and this includes stations not visited by Parliament because it is often these stations that have not received attention.



Reply to question 16 approved by the Minister